A new special prosecution unit raided multiple offices of the Korea Coast Guard with the aim to find evidence in regards to the sinking of the ferry Sewol in 2014, which claimed the lives of 304 people. The raids are said to be part of the latest in a long series of investigations into the loss of the ferry Sewol. It was reported that the raids recovered personnel records listing the names of the first responders on the day of the sinking, as well as other documents related to the accident.
16th April marks five years after Sewol ferry sinking shocked the global community. Sewol ferry sank on 16 April 2014, in South Korean waters taking the lives of over 300 people, most of whom where kids on a school excursion. Four years later, in August 2018, the official panel investigation on the accident said it could not find exact causes for South Korea’s deadliest maritime casualty since 1970.
ALE lifting company announced that it has completed the load-in of the Sewol ferry, as part of a complex salvage operation in the East China Sea. During the operation, a record-breaking 600 axle lines of self-propelled modular transporter was used. At 17,000t, this is the heaviest piece ever to be transported by SPMTs.
One week short of the third anniversary of the sinking of the Sewol ferry near Jindo Island, salvage workers successfully completed the final stages of moving the ship onto land at the port of Mokpo. Once the land transfer operation was complete, preparations for nine passengers who are still missing begun.
According to data by the South Korean Ministry of Public Safety and Security, the number of maritime accidents has doubled during 2015 when compared to the previous three years. A total of 2,740 maritime accidents occurred in 2015, while the previous annual average was just over 1,300.
South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries announced that it will start the salvage operation of the Sewol passenger ship next month and complete it before the end of July. The 6,825-ton ship, sank off the country’s southwestern coast two years ago while en route to the southern resort island of Jeju killing 304 people mostly high school students on a field trip.
Korean government announced that the salvage operations of Sewol ferry are expected to conclude by around late July, a month behind schedule.
The Captain of the South Korean ferry that sunk last year was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 304 people
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